[Pkg-shadow-devel] Bug#983251: passwd is missing dependencies

Tim Woodall debianbugs at woodall.me.uk
Mon Feb 22 08:25:16 GMT 2021

On Mon, 22 Feb 2021, Tim Woodall wrote:

> On Sun, 21 Feb 2021, Chris Hofstaedtler wrote:
>> * Tim Woodall <debianbugs at woodall.me.uk> [210221 15:28]:
>>> I am unsure how debootstrap avoids the first problem - It could just be
>>> down to luck that debootstrap configures base-passwd before passwd. grep
>>> is Priority: required and Essential: yes so it could be argued that it
>>> should be unpacked before attempting to configure passwd and so this
>>> dependency is not required.
>> That is exactly the case. Both grep and base-passwd are Essential:
>> yes, so they _must_ function already (even when not configured yet).
>> Adding them to Depends: could be argued to be a bug.
> Hi Chris,
> As per my other message I think there is a bug, but it's not in this
> package. However if there is a bug it's possibly in the wording of the
> debian policy on essential packages which is somewhat vague about
> bootstraping a virgin system.
> I've now inspected debootstrap and it handles this case by having an
> explicit ordering on how it configures the first seven packages
> independent of any explicit or implicit dependencies.
> So go ahead and close this bug rather than reassign it to base-passwd.
> I've taken the discussion to debian-devel.

Actually it should be consolidated into 924401 as that's exactly the
same bug.



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